oom·​pah | \ ˈüm-(ˌ)pä How to pronounce oompah (audio) , ˈu̇m-\
variants: or less commonly oompah-pah \ ˌüm-​(ˌ)pä-​ˈpä How to pronounce oompah-pah (audio) , ˌu̇m-​ \

Definition of oompah

: a repeated rhythmic bass accompaniment especially in a band also : music featuring such accompaniment

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To celebrate, Jack’s Abby in Framingham (100 Clinton St.) hosts its first Oktoberfest Sept. 27-29 with oompah bands, German food, and the introduction of a malty new lager, Copper Legend. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Fall is around the corner, and at Jack’s Abby, so is Oktoberfest," 6 Sep. 2019 In an otherwise forgettable performance, the oompah of a polka stood out as a highlight. Kelly Whiteside, New York Times, "New Pregame Trickery: Distract the Visiting Team With Bad YouTube Videos," 5 Jan. 2018 Get your polka on with local oompah bands, grab a stein and sample authentic Bavarian delicacies. Alaska Dispatch News, "What’s happening in Anchorage this week: Senshi Con, Arctic Entries and Oktoberfest," 28 Sep. 2017 While there will be plenty of classic German oompah music, there will also be pop and classic rock. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "Have a barrel of fun at suburban Oktoberfests," 8 Sep. 2017 There will be a beer garden, and a German dinner with live oompah music performed by Die Donau-Schwaben Blaskapelle. Veronica Hinke, chicagotribune.com, "Oktoberfest time: Where to raise a stein in the Chicago area," 7 Sep. 2017 Sausage and oompah Another country is an hour’s drive away this weekend. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Woodshed keeps it interesting – who’s up for rabbit-rattlesnake sausage?," 26 Apr. 2017 Sausage and oompahAnother country is an hour’s drive away this weekend. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram.com, "Woodshed keeps it interesting – who’s up for rabbit-rattlesnake sausage?," 26 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of oompah

1877, in the meaning defined above

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